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Christina Pluhar

Via Crucis Via Crucis Via Crucis

IIn this new collection Via Crucis, Christina Pluhar and her periodinstrument group L’Arpeggiata are joined by star soloists Nuria Rial and Philippe

Jaroussky as well as male vocal quartet Barbara Fortuna who interweave earthy Corsican folk songs into this 17th century Italian sacred music.

Leif Ove Andsnes

Following his multipleaward winning recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Leif Ove Andsnes performs Piano Concertos

Nos. 3 & 4 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Antonio Pappano. “This is a disc of terrific stature.” The Daily Telegraph

Joyce DiDonato

This DVD is the “break a leg” performance in which DiDonato sings from a wheelchair having broken her leg on opening night. Antonio Pappano conducts a sparkling Royal Opera House production.

Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker present this brand new recording of Tchaikovsky’s best-loved ballet The Nutcracker. A limited

The Nutcracker The Nutcracker The Nutcracker

Experience Edition has been issued which includes a 64-page hardback book and a free 24-hour pass to the BPO Digital Concert Hall plus lots more.

Alison Balsom

Following the success of her recent Haydn and Hummel recording, the awardwinning British trumpeter joins the Scottish Ensemble for a programme of Italian Baroque concertos originally composed for the violin or oboe by Vivaldi, Tartini, B. Marcello, Albinoni and Cimarosa.

Alan Curtis

Berenice Berenice Berenice

With this release of Berenice, Alan Curtis adds his seventh recording of a complete Handel opera to the Virgin Classics catalogue, Recorded here with Il Complesso Barocco. Watch this space for Ariodante also conducted by Curtis, due for release in 2011, starring Joyce DiDonato.

Antonio Pappano

Following their award-winning recordings of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Pappano and his Roman Orchestra and Choir are da Requiem da Requiem da Requiem

MadamaButterfly MadamaButterfly MadamaButterfly joined by Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in this dramatic work sublimely set to music by Rossini.

Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon and Frank Braley have devoted much of their 2009 -10 concert schedule to Beethoven’s sonatas for

Renaud Renaud Renaud Capuçon and Capuçon and Capuçon and Frank Braley Frank Braley Frank Braley have devoted have devoted have devoted much of much of much of their 2009-10 their 2009-10 their 2009-10 concert concert concert schedule to schedule to schedule to Beethoven’s Beethoven’s Beethoven’s sonatas for sonatas for sonatas for violin and piano. “They bring wit, fire, deeply violin and piano. “They bring wit, fire, deeply violin and piano. “They bring wit, fire, deeply violin and piano. “They bring wit, fire, deeply felt introspection and an exhilarating freshness to all 10 of these masterpieces.” The Sunday Times

Ian Bostridge

A collection of rarely performed Baroque arias inspired by the unique voices of three influential tenors who challenged castrato

A collection A collection A collection of rarely of rarely of rarely performed performed performed Baroquearias Baroquearias Baroquearias inspiredby the inspiredby the inspiredby the unique voices of unique voices of unique voices of three influential three influential three influential tenors who tenors who tenors who challenged challenged challenged castrato castrato castrato supremacy: Englishman John Beard and two supremacy: Englishman John Beard and two supremacy: Englishman John Beard and two supremacy: Englishman John Beard and two Italians Francesco Borosini and Annabile Po Fabri. “Bostridge is at his most vivid, expressive and ornamental.” The Observer

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